//Thirty Meter Telescope executive hopeful project will receive permit

Thirty Meter Telescope executive hopeful project will receive permit

Ed Stone, executive director for the Thirty Meter Telescope, remains optimistic that the project will receive its permit in order to begin construction on top of Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island.

After more than 40 days of hearings by 71 witnesses, retired judge Riki May Amano recommended that the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources grants a permit for the $1.4 billion observatory, which has been stalled by protestors claiming the site is sacred.

Stone said the July 26 recommendation by Amano gives him hope that the project can proceed on Mauna Kea.

“The fact that it was a very clear recommendation by the hearing officer after 44 days of hearings by 71 witnesses, I’m hopeful that the board will issue a permit,” he told Pacific Business News.

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